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Poster: Reade Date: Aug 14, 2012 1:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 3/28/73

Just not sure it's possible to fully convey through words the context of the early seventies. The culture was far less diverse and tolerant, and ultra conformist. Nixon was president. I could go on.
The Dead were proof of a musical and social world you hoped was out there but that you weren't seeing enough of in your day to day travails to get overly confident about.
When word would spread of a gig around where you lived you attended joyfully and without any reservation whatsoever, as if attending the coolest, hippest board meeting or reunion ever. They meant a great deal to people.
I'm not sure if people were more open then or not as you ask, but do feel confident in saying that some of the political, social and musical realities of the early seventies were perceived by many as caustic and stifling, and made the Dead a sure cure for whatever was ailing you along those lines whenever they'd show up and play.